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Holocaust Denial on Trial, Skeleton Argument of the Claimant (long): Electronic Edition, by Adrian Davies

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Camp Commandant Hoess's daily cipher reports to Berlin

140.In Volume II of his book British Intelligence in the Second World War, Sir F. Hinsley notes that British Intelligence was decoding the secret messages from Hoess, Camp Commandant of Auschwitz, to Berlin, which included his daily returns, and goes on to say:--
"The returns from Auschwitz, the largest of the camps with 20,000 prisoners, mentioned illness as the main cause of death, but included references to shootings and hangings. There were no references in the decrypts to gassing."
141.Gray J deals with this striking omission by observing at 8.21 that:--
"Records were kept. . . of the number of deaths amongst those who were registered as inmates of the camp. But, for reasons which are perhaps obvious, none of those deaths is recorded as having been due to gassing."
142.That observation: itis submitted, invites three rejoinders. The first is that Hoess's reports to Berlin were in top secret cipher. No-one on the German side had the slightest inkling that we had broken it. It is accordingly anything but obvious why Hoess, who dispassionately recorded the statistics for inmates whom he had ordered should be hanged or shot, did not record any deaths by gassings.
143.The second is that Gray J appears to consider the very absence of evidence for a particular proposition as an "obvious" proof of its correctness.
144.The third is that at 13.27, Gray J observes:--
"I was unconvinced by the strenuous efforts made by Irving to refute the sinister interpretation placed by the Defendants on Hitler's pronouncements on the Jewish question from late 1941 onwards."
145.These were mostly public pronouncements, yet Gray J is suggesting that the whole genocide operation was top secret. Gray J's findings at 8.21 cannot stand with his findings at 13.27.
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